What is a rare disease?
According to the European Union, rare diseases are classified as one that affects less than 5 in 10,000 of the general population. Similarly, the NIH defines it as: ‘one that affects fewer than 200,000 people’. This means that it’s possible that most people aren’t aware that rare diseases exist unless it affects them personally. Moreover, if we consider that the world is made up of 7 billion people, these rare diseases don’t seem so rare after all.
It is estimated that up to 25 – 30 million Americans are affected by rare diseases. Similarly, it’s said that 3.5 million people in the UK and 30 million people in Europe are already/will be affected by rare diseases. Continue reading “Rare Diseases”